Berry and Marscapone Shortbread Cake

I really miss baking. It’s more difficult to make delicious desserts when there is no one but your fiance to share with. The need to make this cake arose after browsing through one of my favorite blogs, I came across a sour cherry cake that looked absolutely perfect.

What really drew my attention to this cake, though, was the fact that the batter was not a batter at all. It was more like a dough. The ingredients sounded similar to a pie dough, but the picture looked like it was softer, more like a shortbread cake. Curiosity got the best of me and I could not resist.

As I started making it I kept adding more things to change it up a bit. I ended up changing a whole lot but it turned out fantastic. To the dough I added lime and grapefruit zest and a bit of vanilla. I didn’t have sour cherries, but I did have an abundance of mixed berries. I also added citrus zest to the fruit, and added a marscapone-banana cream mixture into the layers. I also made it 3 layers since I had a smaller springform pan and was left with more dough.

I was not sure if this cake would turn out, considering the 3 layers, but it did! And it was so freakin good! After Mark and I had a piece I wrapped it up and it is currently being saved in the freezer, awaiting the visit of my brother, sister and friends for their visit in a few weeks. Sometimes I feel like sneaking in another piece, but the defrosting waiting time deters me. I just hope it is just as good when it defrosts. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Dough Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 c. sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1 egg, room temp
  • 1/3 sugar (for dough) + 1 tbsp sugar for fruit
  • 1/2 c. butter, room temp
  • 1/3 c. veg oil
  • Lime (or lemon) zest
  • Grapefruit (or orange) zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions: mix together wet ingredients. Add dry ingredients and combine to form a soft dough ball. Divide into 3 (for 3 layers) or in 2 (for 2 layers). Roll out into size of springform pan.

Fruit Ingredients:

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • zest of lime and grapefruit
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch

Directions: Mix together

Marscapone cheese ingredients:

  • 1 package marscapone cheese (or cream cheese)
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • citrus zest (lime + grapefruit, or any kind you have)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 egg

Directions: Mix together

Cake Directions:

  1. Grease springform pan
  2. Place a layer of dough on bottom of pan
  3. Add a layer of marscapone cheese
  4. Add a layer of fruit
  5. Add another layer of cheese
  6. Top with a layer of dough
  7. Continue again if making 3 layers
  8. Cover top with aluminum foil
  9. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes
  10. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and let cool for 1 hour
  12. Refrigerate. Can eat warm of cold (I preferred cold).

Garnish: blueberries, silvered almonds, powdered sugar


17 Responses to “Berry and Marscapone Shortbread Cake”

  1. Absolutely lovely! 🙂

  2. Wow! This looks like a cake that could satisfy my cravings!

  3. Wow this cake is absolutely amazing! I love your additions. Putting lime and grapefruit zest and vanilla into the dough is a great idea! Bet it gives a very nice flavor to your cake. The filling sounds heavenly with mascarpone-banana mixture. And the decoration looks perfect, too. I would die for one slice! Thank you for the mention and for sharing this irresistible cake. I must try it your way next time.

  4. Wow.It looks fabulous and really moist. Mascarpone and Berries cannot go wrong.

  5. lovely pictures and perfect for the season

  6. that looks fab! so colorful…

  7. WOW! It’s so gorgeous and MOIST looking! Need a slice!

  8. Describing the interior as dough rather than batter is rather intriguing. It looks great for a summer dessert!

  9. What an amazing looking cake. This is really stunning.

  10. wow…..that is an amazing cake! you created a masterpiece, your idea to roll out the dough in layers is inspiring! I must try this!

  11. UMM…….NOMNOMS! haha, looks awesome!

  12. That is gorgeous. I would love to make something like that for a dinner party and watch eyes widen. Great job and thanks for sharing how you did it.

  13. Dionne Baldwin Says:

    WOW that looks beautiful and good enough to eat. 🙂 I want to make some of this for dinner!!! I LOVE shortbread so shortbread cake sounds like I may need to get more jeans made out of stretch material…thank you for sharing this I’m going to have to try making it.

  14. The cake looks so beautiful! The recipe sounds amazing.

  15. This sounds divine! I definitely hear you on making desserts for two. I try not to unless we are going somewhere that I share, otherwise I end up eating most of it myself!

  16. This looks gorgeous and delicious! It is definitely hard to make desserts for two and not gain a million pounds in the process! I bake a lot for others, and every once in a while, when I have the craving to make a cake with no plans in the near future for sharing, my husband or I take in most of it to work. They’re always grateful there!

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